Is Normal People a Literary Sensation? Waiting on Wednesday / Can’t Wait Wednesday! #AuthorSpotlight #SallyRooney #WOW #CWW #AltRead

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Waiting on Wednesday / Can’t Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, and my version is a mix of what I’m waiting to read, whether it’s a new release that is not out yet, or an older book on my TBR shelf, which I really want to read but haven’t got around to it yet.

Here’s my ‘Can’t wait to read’, book for this week:

Normal People by Sally Rooney – Book of the Year!

From Amazon UK ~ Amazon USA



‘The best novel published this year.’ The Times

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.

This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life.


#relationships #drama #life



Sally Rooney was born in County Mayo and lives in Dublin. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and The London Review of Books. She is the author of Conversations with Friends and winner of the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer Award 2017. Her second novel Normal People was published in 2018 and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She is the editor of the biannual Dublin literary magazine The Stinging Fly.


What have you been wanting to read? 

Normal People by Sally Rooney USA cover – Book of the Year!

Yeah, I know I am a little late to this party but Normal People was the breakout literary novel of 2018, which saw its author hailed as the voice of a generation and crowned book of the year! So although it’s not a brand new book to feature I cannot wait to read it to see what all the fuss is about! I mean, BOOK OF THE YEAR is pretty BIG!

Just read above to see all the prizes this has won. Technically Sally Rooney won both the Fiction Book of the Year and the over all Book of the Year for her title Normal People. I can’t imagine how this author is feeling bagging these two (plus more) prestigious prizes! Which is exactly why I need to read this. Plus it is now being adapted for the TV by the BBC with Rooney writing the screenplay. She must be floating on air right now!

Is this on your TBR or have you already read it? is it an good, or just hype? What your ‘Can’t wait for’ book? Do let me know in the comments below. Thank you! 

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16 thoughts on “Is Normal People a Literary Sensation? Waiting on Wednesday / Can’t Wait Wednesday! #AuthorSpotlight #SallyRooney #WOW #CWW #AltRead

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum – Musings about MMOs, SFF book reviews, everything geeky under the sun from a gamer mom/avid reader/freelance artist. Book blog: Game blog:
    Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum says:

    Never too late to read a book! This is actually new to me, but wow, all that praise for the author is impressive! I hope you enjoy it 😀

    1. Thank you!! Yes – I’m still pretty excited about it LOL

  2. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this one! I think it has lots of literary merit. Great choice! 🙂

  3. Tammy – Reader, book collector, and reviewer of quality fiction, primarily in the genres of fantasy,science fiction, horror & speculative fiction. The stranger the better...
    Tammy says:

    I’ve heard so many good things about this book, I hope you get to read it soon:-)

  4. What an interesting illustration on the cover. I hope you end up enjoying this one!

  5. fuonlyknew – Voracious reader and love to do reviews. Will review yours! Love Doritos and chocolate. A fan of furry friends. I'm afraid of things that go bump in the night! I do reviews at request when time allows. Prefer print versions but also will do ebooks. If I can stand to let them go, I use some print review copies for giveaways.. Also like doing ARC reviews to promote authors and their books. I encourage authors to comment. My reviews are posted on my blog, Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, Smashwords and Barnes&Noble.
    fuonlyknew says:

    I heard so many good things about this and it would be the perfect summer read.

  6. buffywnabe – Kansas City, MO – Book blogger at Lisa Loves Literature, high school librarian, part time bookseller at Barnes and Noble
    buffywnabe says:

    Haven’t heard of this one before. Hope you’re enjoying it! Thanks for visiting Lisa Loves Literature’s Wednesday post earlier this week, sorry I’m so late getting back.

    1. Thank you! Oh no worries about your lateness, I am always apologising lol lovely you made it xx

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